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Agave marmorata (Marbled Agave)

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Scientific Name

Agave marmorata Roezl

Common Names

Marbled Agave, Marble Leaf Agave

Synonyms

Agave todaroi

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave

Origin

Native to Mexico (Oaxaca).

Description

Agave marmorata is an attractive succulent that forms a stemless, usually solitary rosette of convoluted, deeply serrated leaves with pointed tips and sharp spines along the margins. It slowly grows up to 6.6 feet (2 m) tall and up to 8.2 feet (2.5 m) in diameter. Leaves are dark green to blue-green, often with pale blue and gray-green stripes. They are up to 4.3 feet (1.3 m) long and up to 1 foot (30 cm) wide. Mature rosette produces a flowering spike up to 23 feet (7 m) tall that bears clusters of golden yellow flowers. It flowers only once, and the rosette dies after flowering.

The specific epithet "marmorata" derives from the Latin "marmor," meaning "marble" and refers to the marbled pattern seen on the leaves.

Agave marmorata (Marbled Agave)

Photo by Jeremy Spath

How to Grow and Care for Agave marmorata

Light: These plants require full sun to part shade. If you are growing Agaves indoors, choose a bright, sunny window with as much sun possible. Agave plants love going outside from spring to fall.

Soil: Agaves will tolerate most soils as long as they have good drainage, but their preference is sandy or rocky soil.

Hardiness: Agave marmorata can withstand temperatures as low as 25 to 50 °F (-3.9 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b.

Watering: Mature plants are very drought tolerant. From spring to fall, water thoroughly your Agave when the soil mix becomes dry. In winter, water sparingly about once a month. Plants in containers require more frequent watering than those in the ground.

Fertilizing: Give your Agaves a small amount of fertilizer in the spring during the first two years.

Repotting: When the pot becomes full of roots, it has become pot-bound. If you notice you Agave becoming pot-bound, repot it with new soil in a new pot that is just slightly larger than the old one.

Propagation: Since it can take years to produce seeds, Agaves are usually propagated by offsets.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Agave.

Toxicity of Agave marmorata

Agave marmorata is not listed as a toxic plant, but it may be mildly poisonous to children and pets.

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